Oprah Winfrey is extending her collaboration with "Selma" director Ava DuVernay to TV. © AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK

Oprah Winfrey is extending her collaboration with “Selma” director Ava DuVernay to TV.
© AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK

(Relaxnews) – After “Selma,” the TV personality and the director will collaborate once again, this time on a series inspired by Natalie Baszile’s 2014 novel “Queen Sugar.” Winfrey will have a recurring role in the series, which is developed for her network OWN.

The story centers on Charley, a woman who leaves behind an upscale Los Angeles life to take over the sugar cane plantation she has inherited from her recently deceased father. With her 11-year-old daughter, she returns to her roots in rural Louisiana.

Ava DuVernay will write, direct and executive produce the series, while Oprah Winfrey will produce and appear in a recurring role.

The two women recently worked together on the Oscar-nominated civil rights drama “Selma,” which was helmed by DuVernay and produced by Winfrey. Winfrey also appears in the film in the role of Annie Lee Cooper, an activist who took part in Martin Luther King Jr.’s Selma Voting Rights Movement in 1965.

No potential air dates are indicated, but the drama series is slated to begin filming later this year.

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